Dental Disease…Does Your Pet Have It?
Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats.
Most dental disease occurs below the gumline where it is hard to detect. A yearly exam includes a look inside your pet's mouth to determine the health of their teeth and gums. When is the last time you had your pet's teeth checked? February is Pet Dental Health Month which is a great reminder to have your pet's teeth examined!
Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats, affecting 78% of dogs and 68% of cats over the age of three. Although most dogs and cats will develop some sort of dental disease, small dog breeds, such as Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Dachshunds and Toy Poodles, are more prone to developing periodontal disease than larger breeds.
If your pet has bad breath, it may mean there is a problem with their teeth and gums. This can also contribute to more severe medical conditions. If dental issues are left untreated, you may put your pet at risk for problems in their mouth (periodontitis) or with internal organs (heart disease). The challenge most pet owners face is that even if their pet’s breath smells fine, some dental issues are hard to spot.
Early preventive measures, such as at-home care and veterinary dental cleanings will help to reduce the frequency and severity of dental disease later in life. We will perform a comprehensive examination of your pet’s teeth and gums. Just like when you visit your dentist, we have dental tools that remove tartar from below the gum line and smooth the surface of each tooth to prevent tartar buildup. We also have dental products that can extend the positive benefits of a dental cleaning (foods, tools, and water additives)!
Keeping your pet healthy from tooth to tail shows them how much you love them. The best way to keep your pet feeling great is to schedule their yearly checkup with us. We’re committed to your pet’s well being every step of the way because we love your pet, too!